I have new wrinkles and want to find a Botox provider. What should I look for in a doctor? Is there a way to easily find how much money I will have to pay? Do I need to call around to get quotes?
How to Choose Botox Doctor?
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How to trust the doctor you will choose for your Botox... the Wallmart injector versus a board-certified plastic surgeon?
Thank you for your very important question. Nowadays, gynecologists, dentists, laser technicians, aestheticians and many more are trying to get into the lucrative part of facial injectables. PLEASE, you have only one face and the Botox effects (the good ones and the complications!) can last for 4 months so better get the qualified injector. Also, you need to trust that the injector has reconstituted the Botox properly and not over-diluting it. Botox comes to us as a powder and needs reconstitution.
Quality and experience of the injector come with a price. If you go to Wallmart, expect Wallmart quality. If you want Hermès result, go to a qualified, experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon (and some dermatologists) who does perform his/her injections.
I am a plastic surgeon in Toronto and Richmond Hill and have been doing my own injectables for 12 years - ie, since my graduation. I've learned a lot over those years and this experience is very valuable. I also train MDs all across Canada and I am part of the Allergan Academy (previously called F.A.C.E.). Non-plastic surgeons are trained differently and most do not have access to higher level of training, if trained at all. Many believe Botox is easy and purely technical. No no, there is also a tremendous amount of thinking and art involved, yes, artistry. One has to know and understand facial muscles, their location, their action, their origin and insertions, etc. to fully assess a face and determine the appropriate treatment. Keep in mind those pieces of wisdom.
Downtown Toronto prices for Botox is 12-15$ per unit and average facial treatment for a middle-age lady is between 500 and 900$ (sorry I don't have from you a picture or age).
In good health, Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto Plastic surgeon board-certified 416.929.9800
How to choose a physician to perform Botox treatment?
In general, it is best to choose a board certified and experienced dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon. They are all great choices. Experience is essential, as it will help minimize the chances of undesirable side effects occurring and ensure you obtain a result you are happy with. The physicians' office should have info on Botox pricing if you wish to compare prices. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
Finding a Doctor for Botox Treatments - Trust, Training, Experience, Value
To choose a physician for Botox treatments, or any procedure, I would start by asking your friends, family, of one of your own doctors. A referral from someone you know may help you end your search quickly.
Another place to search is the internet. I would look for proper training/board certification in dermatology or plastic surgery and consistently good reviews from other patients. Research carefully though, since a large presence online does not necessarily translate to the best physician for you - it may just be indicative of a large advertising budget.
Finally, I would not choose based on price. You will find that most board certified dermatologists in your area will charge similar fees, either by unit of Botox, or by area of the face treated. The least expensive physician is not always the right answer. Sometimes, value is getting the job done correctly at a fair price.
A little homework will hopefully help you find the right dermatologist! Good luck!
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I would recommend that once you find the doctor who provides you with good outcomes, stick with that doctor and don't look for 'specials on Groupon or Living Social'. Having said that, ask your friends as they will recommend someone with whom they have gotten a good experience. Hratch Karamanoukian MD FACS
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If you aren't able to ask friends, family, and/or trusted co-workers for their recommendations, doing an internet search for reputable providers in your area will help you decide and determine whom will be your best choice.
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Also, ask your friends. referrals are the best way to find a good nurse injector
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Botox or Dysport injections are an art that many docs aren't trained in. Never shop for cheap prices because you will really regret it. You are paying for the doc's expertise at injecting Botox ( not the botox itself). Expect to pay around $300 for 1 area, 550 for 2 and 750 for 3 areas (smile lines on sides of eyes together is 1 area, frown lines between eyebrows is another area and forehead lines are a 3rd area). Derm surgeons tend to have the most training in injectables. General plastic docs aren't that great at the finesse of injections so they tend to have a nurse do it for them but they can do a good job if they do a lot of botox. Enjoy your Botox. Sincerely,
How to choose your injecting physician
Albert Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience”. The effectiveness of your treatment depends on your physician’s ability to visualize the desired changes and to select and skillfully administer the best treatments alone or in combination. Botox injections, done properly, is not as "simple" as some physicians claim. Since every face is different, the experience and technique of your physician injector is the most critical part to your achieving a beautiful, natural result. Always ask to see before and after pictures of patients they have personally injected. If possible, look for someone who is on the medical education faculty for one of the facial fillers. If they have been selected to train other physicians how to treat the aging face they are likely to be good, experienced injectors.
Finding a Botox doctor
It's important to find an experienced physician injector. I agree that price shopping is not the way to go. Ask to see photographs and have a discussion during your consultation as to what your expectations are after treatment, i.e. lifted brows, a natural look, etc.
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